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Gemstone clarity

Gemstone clarity is a quality of gemstone relating to the existence and visual appearance of internal characteristics of a diamond called "inclusions", and surface defects called "blemishes".

Inclusions may be crystals of a foreign material or another gemstone crystal, or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks that can appear whitish or cloudy. The number, size, color, relative location, orientation, and visibility of inclusions can all affect the relative clarity of a gemstone. A clarity grade is assigned based on the overall appearance of the stone under 10x magnification.

GIA specify gemstone in 3 Type. In each type, gemstones list is different. So gemstone's quality maybe same but the gem's inclusion maybe different. So you can check at the chart below.

Type 1 - gemstone

Type 1 - gemstones

Type 1 - clarity

Beryl
Aquamarine
Green 
Morganite 
Yellow

Chrysoberyl
Green 
Yellow

Quartz
Smokey

Spodumene
Kunzite
Green

Topaz
Blue 
Yellow 
Orange 
Pink 
Red

Tourmaline
Green

Zircon
Blue

Zoisite
Tanzanite

VVS - Very, Very Slightly Included (the best) Minute inclusions that are difficult to see using 10X, and are not visible at all to the naked eye.

VS - Very Slightly Included Minor inclusions that are easier to see using 10X, but still not visible to the naked eye.

SI1 - Slightly Included I The inclusions are easily seen using 10X, and are noticeable with the naked eye.

SI2 - Slightly Included 2 The inclusions are more easily seen using 10X, and are quite visible with the naked eye.

I1 - Included 1 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a moderate negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I2 - Included 2 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a severe negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I3 - Included 3 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a severe negative effect on both the over-all appearance and durability of the gemstone.

Type 2 - gemstone

Type 2 - gemstones

Type 2 - clarity

Andalusite All 

Chrysoberyl
Alexandrite

Corundum
All colors (i.e. Sapphire and Ruby)

Garnet
All species and colors 

Iolite - All

Peridot - All 

Quartz
Amethyst
Citrine
Ametrine

Spinel - All 

Tourmaline
Blue 
Orange 
Yellow 
Multi-colored (except watermelon color) 

Zircon
Green 
Orange 
Red Yellow

VVS - Very, Very Slightly Included (the best) Minor inclusions that are somewhat easy to see using 10X, but still not visible to the naked eye.

VS - Very Slightly Included Noticeable inclusions that are easier to see using 10X, and may be slightly visible to the naked eye.

SI1 - Slightly Included I The inclusions are easily seen using 10X and are large or numerous, and are noticeable with the naked eye.

SI2 - Slightly Included 2 The inclusions are easily seen using 10X and are large or numerous, and are very noticeable with the naked eye.

I1 - Included 1 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a moderate negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I2 - Included 2 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a severe negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I3 - Included 3 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a sever negative effect on both the over-all appearance and durability of the gemstone.



Type 1 - gemstone

Type 1 - gemstones

Type 1 - clarity

Beryl
Emerald

Tourmaline
Red 
Pink 
Watermelon (green transitioning to pink or red)

VVS - Very, Very Slightly Included (the best) Noticeable inclusions that are easy to see using 10X, but usually not visible to the naked eye.

VS - Very Slightly Included Obvious inclusions that are easy to see using 10X, and usually visible to the naked eye. SI1 - Slightly Included I The inclusions are large and numerous using 10X, and prominent with the naked eye.

SI2 - Slightly Included 2 The inclusions are large and numerous using 10X, and very prominent with the naked eye. I1 - Included 1 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a moderate negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I2 - Included 2 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a severe negative effect on the over-all appearance or durability of the gemstone.

I3 - Included 3 The inclusions are very obvious and they have a sever negative effect on both the over-all appearance and durability of the gemstone.

For this grading, you will know some stone's kind in several type grading. So it is mean, different colors in same gemstone family is not same value amount.